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What are Startups?
Giving a strict definition of a “startup” is not that easy but one can say that they match at least three different criteria:
- have skyrocketing sales or/and a fast growing user base with a potential to reach $50m or more in revenue
- start with a handful of employees and in a few years reach 100 or more employees
- are on the track to be worth $500 million or more at some point in their existence
This is Alex Wihelm’s 50, 100, 500 rule, which naturally excludes all companies who are either above or never in line to reach such performances.
More on TechCrunch here
Why should you launch a startup?
First, before launching anything, you should have a problem to address. Then, once you sense that there is a real need to address the issue and that your idea can be a first approach to solving it, it is time to think about laying the first bricks. Above all, you need to be convinced that you are capable of solving this problem at some point, and that a certain passion arouses from this. Caution, the startup format may not be adequate for a number of activities and sometimes it is best to start a firm or go out as a freelance.
What do you need to launch a startup?
To launch a startup, a few key things are needed:
- a problem
- the skills needed or the ability to acquire/recruit them
- financial resources
- exceptional leadership and management skills (people have to be willing to work with and for you).
- experienced professionals around you or in your team (former startup founders, startup studios, incubators, accelerators, advisors).
- a series of tools to accomplish all of the above (applications, methodologies, excel files and presentations).
On this last point, the Eloquens Startup Community provides battle-proven tools to help you start, develop and lead your business to success, in the form of excel sheets, PowerPoint presentations, methodologies and techniques. Examples: Financial Plan Templates, KPI Dashboards, SaaS, Freemium and E-Commerce Startup Business Models etc.
- A simple KPI sheet for early-stage SaaS startups with a low-touch sales model.1,769 remove_red_eye146
Sample Financial ModelTemplate for determining cost realities and financial projections for potential investors' demands.4,559 remove_red_eye236
SaaS Financial PlanA financial plan template for SaaS startups based on a model created for Zendesk2,179 remove_red_eye188
Cap Table Excel ModelAn Excel Cap Table and Exit Waterfall for Entrepreneurs1,502 remove_red_eye67
E-Commerce Financial Model for StartupsAn extremely detailed, methodical package for entrepreneurs on how to build a financial model for an e-commerce startup.3,468 remove_red_eye276freeby Matt Carroll
Venture Capital Method (Single Round Financing)A full model enabling an entrepreneur to understand assumptions of both sides of the table in a single round financing2,803 remove_red_eye234
SaaS Metrics Excel TemplateA standard SaaS reporting excel template for entrepreneurs to customize.1,288 remove_red_eye120freeby Amit Karp
SaaS Metrics 2.0 DashboardA dashboard to help founders manage their SaaS business1,817 remove_red_eye174freeby David Skok
Social Media Metrics Excel DashboardAn excel template for employees to understand the performance of social media channels for their organisation.1,599 remove_red_eye175
Startup Excel ModelA startup financial model that can be sent to a Venture Capital, Private Equity Firm or Hedge Fund.4,599 remove_red_eye309
Marketplace KPI Excel DashboardDesigned to evaluate a marketplace organisation's performance.820 remove_red_eye68freeby Version One
Freemium Business ModelCustomize a ready-made financial model for your Freemium Web Services Business1,544 remove_red_eye142
Liquidation Model - Waterfall AnalysisEducate employees, founders, and others in how liquidation preferences affect financial distribution in exit scenarios1,149 remove_red_eye102
SaaS Cohort Analysis ModelA simple cohort analysis spreadsheet to understand how you are doing on your KPIs (Churn, Customer Lifetime etc.)423 remove_red_eye43
Basic Startup Cost modelAnswers the question to how much you need to raise for a venture backed startup.1,290 remove_red_eye124
Ultimate Startup Cap Table and Return Analysis Excel TemplateSample cap table excel template with exclusive waterfall return analysis.1,910 remove_red_eye186
Talking To Humans (The Book)Success starts with understanding your customers - this book will teach you how to do it.505 remove_red_eye60
Modeling Sales Data for E-commerce businessesUsing MS Excel's Business Intelligence features to analyse sales data.713 remove_red_eye60freeby Ashish Mathur
How to Raise Capital: A Guide to Seed FundraisingWhat startup founders must know about raising seed funds to get their startups off the ground.681 remove_red_eye67freeby Geoff Ralston
SaaS Financial ModelA simple 12-month SaaS financial model customisable to your startup precise conditions and needs.1,214 remove_red_eye87
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